The family relationship may be an impediment to spiritual advancement.
Currently the family is being atomized. This states that the children are living with less than their true biological parents. The government is the extension of the family. With the trend of same sex marriage and in vitro insemination this will escalate. It is easily seen that government is becoming a vehicle for privation and personal gain.
Such corruption does not create stability. It is a basis to use familial ties to divide the cultural support for collective security.
Atomization is more common in hedonistic western cultures while clan and tribal variations of the extended family exists in more traditional settings.
Osama Bin Laden had at least 5 wives and perhaps 11 children. The clash of culture that was focalized during the essentialist conflict between Reagan and Khomeini continues with the Obama – Gadhaffi conflict.
The fragmentation of our personal and social lives escalates as personal motivations displace more stable preferences.